Alex Heath
Alex Heath
Alex covers Facebook and its competitors for The Information. Previously, he was a senior reporter for Business Insider and the video news startup Cheddar. He was the 2018 winner of SABEW’s Larry Birger Award, honoring business journalists under 30. He has been a guest on programs that include Marketplace, BBC One, and ABC’s Good Morning America. He lives in New York City. He can be reached at alex@theinformation.com.Source
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Facebook is planning to rebrand the company with a new name

Facebook is planning to rebrand the company with a new name

Facebook is planning to change its company name next week to reflect its focus on building the metaverse, according to a source with direct knowledge of the matter. The coming name change, which CEO Mark Zuckerberg plans to talk about at the company’s annual Connect conference on October 28th, but could unveil sooner, is meant to signal the tech giant’s ambition to be known for more than social media and all the ills that entail. The rebrand would likely position the blue Facebook app as one of many products under a parent company overseeing groups like Instagram, WhatsApp, Oculus, and...

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Facebook is back online after a massive outage that also took down Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger, and Oculus

Facebook is back online after a massive outage that also took down Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger, and Oculus

Filed under:‘Networking issues’ took the sites down just before noon ETJust as Facebook’s Antigone Davis was live on CNBC defending the company over a and its handling of research data , its entire network of services suddenly went offline.The outage started just before noon ET and took nearly six hours . This is the worst outage for Facebook since a 2019 incident , as the downtime for their income.After failing all tests for most of the day, a test of ISP DNS servers via showed most of them successfully finding a route to at 5:30PM ET. A few minutes later, we were able to start using...

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Facebook to end special treatment for politicians after Trump ban

Facebook to end special treatment for politicians after Trump ban

Facebook plans to end its controversial policy that mostly shields politicians from the content moderation rules that apply to other users, a sharp reversal that could have global ramifications for how elected officials use the social network. The change, which Facebook is set to announce as soon as Friday, comes after the Oversight Board — an independent group funded by Facebook to review its thorniest content rulings — affirmed its decision to suspend former President Donald Trump but critiqued the special treatment it gives politicians, stating that the “same rules should apply to all...

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How Facebook, Google, Twitter Diverge in Defense of Tech’s Liability Shield

How Facebook, Google, Twitter Diverge in Defense of Tech’s Liability Shield

News AnalysisPhoto: Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (l-r). Photo: BloombergWhen the chief executives of Facebook, Google and Twitter testify Wednesday before a Senate committee on how they control content on their services, they will argue against rolling back Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which shields internet companies from lawsuits over user-generated posts. That’s where their agreements may end.Much as with their diverse approaches to handling problematic posts involving everything from hate speech to unfounded...

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Zuckerberg Tells Facebook Staff He Expects Advertisers to Return ‘Soon Enough’

Zuckerberg Tells Facebook Staff He Expects Advertisers to Return ‘Soon Enough’

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told employees he was reluctant to bow to the threats of a growing ad boycott, saying in private remarks that “my guess is that all these advertisers will be back on the platform soon enough.” Zuckerberg gave his thoughts on the boycott, which now includes large brands like Starbucks and Coca-Cola, during a video town hall meeting last Friday, according to employees who attended. In the previously unreported remarks, Zuckerberg said the boycott is more of a “reputational and a partner issue” than an economic one, according to a transcript obtained by The...

July 5, 2020
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